ICTC Digital Link Ontario


Digital Link Ontario is aimed at building information and communications technology (ICT) talent for the emerging technology sectors of Ontario by improving education-to-employment transitions and investing in recent graduates’ employability.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $3000 per placement. The company will receive the incentive at the end of the four months period, about 4 to 6 weeks after providing a copy of the recent graduate’s payroll records.


Companies must:

  • Have a minimum of 2 paid employees on staff and a maximum of 499 employees (some exceptions may be made for larger companies with smaller departments struggling to find ICT/digital talent);
  • Have the capacity to provide a paid placement, onboard and support the recent graduate to set him/her up for success;
  • Provide the graduate with a full-time (a minimum of 30 hours per week), paid placement in an ICT/ digital skills-focused role for at least 4 months – graduate must be hired as an employee and put on the company payroll;
  • Operate and provide a workplace in Ontario;
  • Have general liability insurance;
  • Advance the graduate’s ICT digital and business skills relevant to employment in emerging technology.

Graduates must:

  • Be either a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Reside in the province of Ontario
  • Have graduated within 18 months of the start date of the placement from a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Be unemployed or underemployed at the time of application

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must:

  • Apply for the incentive before they hire or place a grad;
  • Provide a copy of the recent graduate’s payroll records at the end of the four months period

Other Things to Note:

Program no longer active at the beginning of 2021.

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